Nickerson Funeral Home

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Nancy Kuhne DuRie

13 October, 192927 November, 2019

It is with sadness that the family of Nancy (Kuhne) DuRie announces her passing on November 27, 2019.

Born October 13, 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents Robert S. and Nancy (Nilsen) Kuhne, she was predeceased by her husband John D. DuRie, her brother Robert G. Kuhne and her step daughter Nancy Bernstein. Nancy is survived by her sister in law Barbara (Spangler) Kuhne of Los Banos, California and four children; Susan Pepin of Boston, Massachusetts, Karen Forzley (Chuck) of Wells, Maine, David DuRie (Fay) of Redding, Connecticut and Bob DuRie (Susan Dale) of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Nancy had four grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Nancy was a 39 year resident of Orleans, Massachusetts where she was an avid gardener and nature enthusiast. Nancy liked to birdwatch and walk the trails all throughout the Cape. While at home, she was always busy with needlepoint, cross-stitch, knitting and quilting projects. Nancy was one of three founding members of the Phi Beta Pi Carnation Circle of Cape Cod and a past board member of Snow Point Homeowners Association, in Orleans.

Nancy grew up in Hawaii where she made many life-long friendships. She graduated from the Punahou School in 1947 and traveled back to Honolulu many times, most recently for her 70th class reunion in 2017. She graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland in 1951 and following graduation worked as an analyst in New York City for The Conference Board and then Vick Chemical Company. Nancy was married to John D. DuRie on June 27, 1953 in Scarsdale, New York and together they raised a family in Old Greenwich, Connecticut until 1980 when they relocated to Cape Cod. Nancy was a recurrent Sunday School teacher and Deaconess at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, a Troop leader with the Girl Scouts of America and supported a variety of youth swimming activities. Nancy was an avid golfer and paddle tennis player. She enjoyed both sports as a member of The Milbrook Club in Greenwich.

A private memorial service will be held at the Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans, Massachusetts. Private burial will follow at the Orleans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary or the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


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Jane Harmeling McPherson

January 5, 2020

Nancy and I were Goucher College classmates and sorority sisters in Pi Beta Phi in 1947. She was one steadfast, loyal, and beautiful woman! It was then that we figured we just may have been classmates in the 1st grade of Punahou School in Honolulu! We accompanied her to that 50th Reunion in 1997. I remember when scholastic pressure mounted as Goucher exams approach, she could be counted on to say or do something to relieve the tenseness and make everything okay! My sincere condolences to her loving family.

Barb Davis

December 1, 2019

I met Nancy once at a Thanksgiving. She was so gracious and fun that I remember her many years later. A very accomplished woman with a big heart.

Sandra Samaha

December 1, 2019

Nancy was a lovely woman who epitomized an intelligent, accomplished person who loved her family and who genuinely cared for the environment around her.